Player: Sammy Watkins (going in alphabetical order)
Position/College: Wide receiver, Clemson
Combine impression (1-10, 10 the best): Nine.
Likelihood he’s there at Browns' fourth pick: 70 percent.
Other teams interested: St. Louis, Jacksonville.
The skinny: Fast guys run fast when given a chance just to run.
That’s exactly what Watkins did at the combine, as he blistered the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds. Not surprising, but it is impressive.
Watkins and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney are clearly the most talented players in this draft. The only reason they may not go one-two is they don't play quarterback.
That doesn't mean Watkins can't have a huge impact on a game or a team. He has the quickness to turn a bubble screen into a big gain, and the arms and hands to make big catches downfield.
Speed kills, as Jimmy Johnson always said, and Watkins has that speed -- as well as the ability to play receiver.
“Any time you can add somebody to your team who can score points and make explosive plays, that's what the NFL is all about," Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “You have to have players who when they get their hands on the ball are special, and I think he falls into that category."
To understand the impact Watkins can make as he grows, think Josh Gordon. Watkins does not have Gordon's size, but he has more quickness and as much speed. The potential for the Browns to have two playmakers like that on opposite sides of the field is immense.
Watkins has been compared to A.J. Green, which really ought to be enough for anyone to make a judgment on how good he is. If Watkins is 80 percent the talent and professional of Green, he'll have an excellent NFL career.
Watkins knows he’s fast, but he also knows he’ll have to improve as a route runner in the NFL. He has to be tempting to the Browns at the fourth overall pick.
It’s possible the Browns may feel there are many talented receivers in the draft who can be taken later than the fourth pick, and that’s fine.
But it won’t diminish the impact Watkins will have on the team that does draft him.